Black Hole Survival Guide

Black Hole Survival Guide

From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space--an authoritative and accessible guide to the most alluring and challenging phenomena of contemporary science.

Through her writing, astrophysicist Janna Levin has focused on making the science she studies not just comprehensible but also, and perhaps more important, intriguing to the nonscientist. In this book, she helps us to understand and find delight in the black hole--perhaps the most opaque theoretical construct ever imagined by physicists--illustrated with original artwork by American painter and photographer Lia Halloran. Levin takes us on an evocative exploration of black holes, provoking us to imagine the visceral experience of a black hole encounter. She reveals the influence of black holes as they populate the universe, sculpt galaxies, and even infuse the whole expanse of reality that we inhabit. Lively, engaging, and utterly unique, Black Hole Survival Guide is not just informative--it is, aswell, a wonderful read from first to last.

Title:Black Hole Survival Guide
ISBN:9780525658221
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  • Hamid

    Mathematics alone cannot tell us what specifically is out there in our universe. The mathematics can speculate only about what is possible. And sometimes mathematics allows us to explore pure potentia...

  • David Wineberg

    Black holes are complicated, largely because what we think we know is mostly extremely long distance observation, mixed with debatable quantum mechanics and a lot of plain old conjecture. Janna Levin,...

  • Jessa Franco

    Weirdly good - I expected to snooze through this. Mostly because science was not my strongest subject in high school. The author does a fantastic job breaking it down simply, as is evident by my new f...

  • Cindy

    Let's not kid ourselves. She's basically a black hole apologist. Her excuse is that you can get way closer to a black hole than a star like the sun before you perish*.The title is fake news. She obvio...

  • Deepika

    Janna Levin’s ‘Black Hole Survival Guide’ was fun for the most parts. And then Levin started talking about some difficult things like ‘Evaporation’ and ‘Hologram’, which went way above m...

  • Susan Tunis

    It's short, but is it sweet? Can a book about one's inevitable death in the depths of a black hole ever be sweet? I don't know, but I loved the Black Hole Survival Guide!The book is precisely what the...

  • Jeff Skott

    Janna Levin is awesome. I saw her on a couple of shows with Neil deGrasse Tyson and then got hooked on some YouTube videos explaining gravity (yes, there's a lot to know) and from that reading Black H...

  • Winn Koster

    A haunting and beautiful read that introduces the key concepts of general relativity and provides the reader with a sense of simultaneous wonder, terror, and respect for the singularity. This book avo...

  • Thomas Colello

    Disappointing ending....

  • Carlos

    Beautiful. The writing style feels off at times, but the subject and the explanations are presented clearly and with a touch of poetry. It has earned a quiet place in my heart. ...